Wednesday, November 18, 2009

1984 Alumni Return to UNB, Coach Taylor Done at UPEI

Make sure you check out Dave Ritchie's story on the 1984 UNB Red Devils in today's Daily Gleaner.  The team is getting getting together as part of an alumni/reunion weekend December 4-6th this year, including a visit with the current UNB team, and a trip back to the Aitken Centre for the game vs. UPEI. 

Speaking of UPEI, it appears Coach Taylor has resigned from his duties, along with a pair of assistants.  There'll be a lot of speculation about this one.  Needless to say, losing a CIS hockey coach mid-season doesn't happen often.  UNB visits UPEI this Friday night.

8 comments:

A fan who remembers said...

Story brought back great memories. The big thing about 1984 was how the student body got behind the team. If my memory serves me right, the majority of the fans were students going to UNB. People had their faces painted red, they were holding a certain reptile facsimilie to mimic the Moncton team and their "lingustic'' characteristics. It was a wild time and consider the American Hockey League team was still playing out the same building. UNB has developed into a national powerhouse but you know, the UNB student body now is apathetic to the team. Most of the specators are alumni and interested hockey fans. How sad is that? I'd be interested if the school could find out why the students are so apathetic.

Anonymous said...

As a current student, one thing I have noticed is that marketing for the team on-campus is practically non-existent. I was surprised because for the first time I actually saw a poster for the St.FX game at the SUB the other week. I would wager about 30% of the student body probably has no clue the hockey team exists. I would say the lack of student attendance has more to do with a larger issue of a lack of on-campus cohesion/communication/community rather than simply student apathy. It's a problem that is apparent across all student groups, societies, and campus events.

university hockey fan said...

What in the hell is going on with the athletic department if the previous post is correct. Don't they have marketing people up there? I see the newspaper giving university hockey big play almost every week so it's hard to believe that people aren't aware. But maybe the kids don't read the newspaper, because reading the local paper takes too much time away from drinking and making a farce of themselves. Still, why doesn't the school have an on-campus promotion plan? Seems ridiculous that with a great team, they would be able to sell the idea of going to the rink among the students. Maybe the guys in the athletic department need to focus more on that than getting their names in the newspaper, which seems to be the case now. I'm an alumni who goes to every game, loves the brand of hockey, and respects how good a job they've done with the team. But I do see a lot of their people running around with little purpose. Maybe a little more focus on-campus would help with this student apathy that seems to be the case.

Eric said...

Students don't read the paper because they don't get the paper - one more bill you have to pay.

The only paper I got when I was a student was the Saturday edition for the TV Times.

I agree though on the campus promotion part - there are hardly any posters other then the sign board at the bottom of the hill.

What's more surprising is with everyone Twittering and Facebooking, that more students don't know what's going on.

I didn't start UNB until 1985, so I missed that AUS run. However, the 1998 run had a lot of student interest. Same with the first UNB/STU playoff series in 40 years in 1995 and again in 1997 (the LBR sold out in 45 minutes).

Anonymous said...

Seems to me the 1998 run was more about the alumni than the student body. Crowds didn't have the buzz that the 1984 run did because of all the crazy students who had painted their faces and were very much a home crowd. The 1998 team got a lot of support, but like now, it was mostly from the city.

paper reading student said...

"But maybe the kids don't read the newspaper, because reading the local paper takes too much time away from drinking and making a farce of themselves" - great contribution

UNB Bruins Fan said...

I second that...it is obvious every student drinks and makes a farce of themselves...

Anonymous said...

In defence of university hockey fan, he or she did say, 'but maybe' the kids don't read the newspaper because blah blah blah. They're right about the students being apathetic. I see it everywhere I go. The kids don't seem to care, and that's a pretty sad commentary, although it's their right to care or not to care. Fact of the matter, school spirit is a thing of the past, but hey, they're in school for a reason and that's the no. 1 concern for sure.